Biyu lives in St. John’s with her daughter and two grandchildren. Since her daughter works full-time, Biyu regularly looks after the children, including dropping them off at school and picking them up. When she’s not helping take care of the family, Biyu socializes with other seniors or walks around the neighbourhood.
Place of vaccination
Biyu gets a flu shot every year. As a grandmother, she knows it’s the best way to protect herself and her grandchildren from getting the flu.
Biyu figures that by now, she’s probably already had the flu a time or two and so she must be immune to it by now.
Biyu’s grandchildren are her whole world! She packs their lunches, drops them off at school and picks them up every day. Biyu also likes to put notes in their lunches with riddles or trivia questions to help them practise their reading.
Did You Know: Adults 65+ are at higher risk of complications from the flu due to existing health conditions or changes to their immune system. The flu shot can help lower the risk of getting very sick.
Biyu knows her daughter has a busy schedule, so she likes to help with the shopping whenever she can. She always checks the flyers for the best deals she can find and she almost always runs into a friendly face when she’s out!
Mask up! The 2020-21 flu season essentially never happened after COVID-91 led people to mask up, social distance and get the flu shot in increased numbers.
There’s a community centre nearby where Biyu heads every Tuesday afternoon for a bring-your-own-lunch and cards with other seniors. Sometimes they play euchre, sometimes simple games like crazy eights.
Know your flu facts. In Canada, an average of 3,500 deaths are related to the flu each year.
Studies have shown that 1/3 seniors who are hospitalized due to influenza leave the hospital unable to go about simple daily activities like bathing, dressing or eating without assistance.
Biyu likes to visit one of her friends who lives in a local long-term care home a couple times a month. They drink tea, listen to music and share stories about their grandchildren. Biyu likes knowing her visits help keep her friend’s spirits up.
Getting the flu can put older adults at higher risk of flu-related complications like worsened kidney disease and diabetes, and worsened asthma, COPD, bronchitis, and pneumonia.
On Sunday morning, there’s a church service Biyu likes to attend. She used to go to church as a young girl, so sometimes she brings her grandchildren, who attend Sunday school. There’s always coffee and cookies after the service, too.
Are you over 65? Ask your healthcare provider if the high-dose vaccine is right for you.
A walk around the block is good for the soul, Biyu believes, so she heads out for a stroll every morning. She always follows the same route, and usually at least one neighbour will come out to say hello!
Adults 65+ account for up to 70% of flu-related hospitalizations.
10 to 20% of Canada’s population get influenza each year.
The local recreation centre has a pool and offers water aerobics classes for seniors on Thursday mornings. Biyu sometimes goes to these classes after dropping the kids off at school. She feels it’s important to stay active.
Influenza in seniors over 65 can trigger even more serious health issues like heart attacks and strokes. Seniors hospitalized with influenza are often later unable to carry out daily activities like bathing, dressing or eating without assistance.
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